Councillor's high-tech community campaign to clamp down on fly-tippers in Bromsgrove district - The Bromsgrove Standard

Councillor's high-tech community campaign to clamp down on fly-tippers in Bromsgrove district

Bromsgrove Editorial 25th Feb, 2021   0

A COUNCILLOR who caught a fly-tipper in the act on a surveillance camera has launched a new community action project to fight back against those dumping rubbish and blighting the countryside.

Bromsgrove District and Worcestershire County Councillor Adam Kent has created a website to raise funds for the drive which will use the latest 4G technology and monitoring to catch the culprits and provide the evidence to get them prosecuted.

Regular and part-time volunteers have already stopped fly-tippers in their tracks while they have been out and about.

Coun Kent decided to take action after a surge in rubbish dumping in Wythall, Beoley and Alvechurch and thousands of pounds worth of donations from private companies and individuals has funded 15 cameras for those three areas.

”We have got most success in Bromsgrove from evidence from vigilant residents who have seen the criminals dumping building waste, household waste and countless leftovers from cannabis grows.

“We now want to expand on that community spirit by providing more remote surveillance cameras that can be mounted on private land to cover the hotspots we are aware of.

“We need more donations and volunteers to both fund and assist in putting up and maintaining the cameras.”

Hagley and Clent Hills is another problem area and Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Karen May has asked Coun Kent about the potential of extending the scheme to there.

Coun Kent added: “We intend to work closely with Bromsgrove District Council as a community group to help catch these individuals and ensure our countryside isn’t used as a commercial waste site”

Initial donors include Oakland International and Coun Kent’s company Install Automation Ltd.

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